Leaving my University house

Hi everyone,

Last week I officially moved home and out of my university house. I thought it would be a struggle moving home after living away for three years but I am settling back in well and I am finding it a lot easier than I thought.

I have absolutely loved living in Ormskirk for the last three years and I am so glad I decided to experience living away from home rather than commuting back and forth. I got to meet so many amazing friends who I know will be friends for life, we are all quite lucky as well as we are all based in the north west! The independence I gained as well from living away as has been amazing for me, it has made me a lot more confident and using my initiative rather than just relying on my mum!

In first year I lived in Main Halls which I loved as we it was catered accommodation and the range of food provided each day was always really good! Living in the main building was also super helpful as that’s where most of my lectures were.

It feels so surreal that I have now finished uni and I have moved home, I wish I could do it all over again

Ellie xx

Healthy meal ideas as a vegetarian student!

Hi everyone, hope you’re well and have had a good week!

Today’s blog is going to be the first in a little series of blogs, which will revolve around healthy eating and meal ideas when on a budget and maybe a slightly lazy student! For this months blogs, I will be sharing recipes and tips for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This first blog will be talking about store cupboard essentials as a student and a bit about my personal list!

I have been vegetarian, on and off for around 3 years now, with a very short lived attempt at veganism ( didn’t last as I missed cheese too much 😉 ) and I love it. I know it’s not for everyone, but personally I love healthy eating and vegetables and found that I felt better when actually taking time to think about what I am eating and that’s how my enjoyment for cooking began! As a student, I have loved having the freedom to buy and cook whatever I want, especially broccoli and cheese for pretty much every meal! But there is always the problem of budgeting and using your money wisely when cooking for yourself. My biggest tip for this is having store cupboard essentials in, either when my parents would take me for a food shop when coming to visit or when going home during the holidays. Personally my store cupboard essentials that have a great shelf life include:
– Tinned Tomatoes, baked beans, kidney beans and chickpeas for veggie chilli, pasta sauce, curry and casseroles or whatever you fancy- you can get really inventive with a tin of chickpeas with a bit of imagination! Oh and beans on toast or with a jacket potato- obviously ( a classic student meal!).
– Dried carbohydrates, so pasta, rice, tinned potatoes and noodles- literally the back bone to most student meals, add some veg and you’re good to go.
– Jars of curry powder, dried chillies, mixed herbs, salt, sugar, pepper and all-spice. can really making a boring meal interesting! As well as cooking oil, a definite essential.
– Porridge oats, tea, coffee and cereal. Oh and biscuits, definitely- my personal favourites have to be Aldi’s own dark chocolate digestives- 49p a pack! I know.  I honestly don’t feel like there’s anything that can’t be fixed with a digestive biscuit and a coffee, especially when the biscuit costs less that a penny!
Having these bits in are brilliant for making a meal when you feel like you don’t have anything in and are hiding at the back of your cupboard! In the next blog I will touch on my fridge and freezer essentials as a student as well as giving you a few of my favourite breakfast ideas!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog, please comment if you have any questions!
Alice 🙂

Student Application Tips

Writing a Student application for UCAS can be difficult, especially when you don’t really know what to write. These are some of the things I looked out for when I wrote my application to get into Edge Hill University.

Grade Boundaries:

You will need to prepare yourself for the grades that the University of your choice wants for students to get in order to even be considered for their course. Try and aim to get these grades if you can. However, in specific circumstances, if the grades aren’t necessarily there, the University will still consider your application based on who you are as a person and your commitment to that particular subject.

References

Have references you know you can rely on. This can be anyone from teachers to work experience placement (if you had one). These references will not only back you up as a person but, they will give the University an insight into your work ethic.

Personal Statement

This is the quote I used at the start of my application. Spielberg is one of my inspirations.

Did you know it takes around 10 seconds for the person reading your personal statement to decide whether they should consider you? This is probably the most important bit of information as you can add in your interests, passion and commitment to the study you want to go into. As well as explaining your interest to study at that University. The only thing you should be mindful of is that your personal statement will go to all of your top 5 Universities on your UCAS application. So try not to tale it to one specific Uni (even though you may have one in mind).

Commitment

This ties into your personal statement but, show your commitment to the course. Whether that’s creating a portfolio of your work or doing something outside of school/college related to the subject. This will work in your favour to get your top 1 University. When I applied for Edge Hill, I had a portfolio on hand and showreel of all of the films and scripts I had previously worked on.

I hope some of these tips have helped those of you that may be struggling with your application. Majority of people have been through this before so if you need anymore advice, I’d be more than happy to help! Just drop a comment down below ☺️.

Ellis x

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Shopping for University on a budget!

Hello!

I know shopping for University can be exciting, at least it was for me! However, it is so easy to spend money on things you don’t need or too much money on things you could get cheaper. Keep reading for some tips and ideas on how to save as much as you can while you shop for the things you will need a university!

The Range

The Range is a really great place to get your bedding, towels, any decor you may need for your room like lamps, blankets etc. The prices here too are absolutely amazing. I didn’t know about this place until a few weeks before uni started and my friend took me there and I kicked myself because I could have saved so much money on the things I had already bought so make sure this is one of the first places you go!

b&m Bargains or Home Bargains

I love the treasures you can find in these shops and the prices are incredible too. Both B&M and Home Bargains are great shops to find things like laundry baskets or duvet and pillows and everything you could possibly need in the kitchen!

UniKitOut

Unikitout is an online store that puts together packs of the absolute esstentials that you will need. They provide a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom one that comes as it’s own kit and then if you need anything else you can shop for extras. This is a little more pricey but may end up costing you less in the long run as the packs are pretty stocked. Check them out here.

Thanks so much for reading today’s blog. I hope you’re getting as excited as I was, it’s going to be amazing! See you next time.

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Preparing for results day

With August and results day fast approaching I thought I would share a post about preparing yourself for the day of madness. Now when it comes to results day there can be a lot of different emotions that run around friends and just in your head, but you have to remember if you are going to university then these results are just the stepping stone to get you there, once you’ve got your degree it is highly unlikely that anyone (i.e. an employee) is going to ask you what grade you got in your A-Level Biology. So as much as these results are important to you at the moment, in 3-4 years time they will be less important because you will have a degree on top of it.

Try and make the day a positive one for everyone and a day to look forward to rather than something you don’t want to come. Make plans with friends and family to celebrate your achievements. Whether you go out for lunch with your family or meet up with your friends to share your achievements, organise the day as something you can look forward to, as this will help you focus on the good part rather than focusing on what could be with your results.

Lastly try and make yourself busy leading up to results day, I know for my results I was constantly thinking what if… But I think if I’d kept myself busy the week before results I would have stressed a lot less. Also it is good to talk to others that took the same exams as you, if you are getting stressed about your results it is highly likely that they are getting nervous too. So try not to worry as you lead up to your results, you’ve done all the hard work now so what will be will be. And Good Luck!

Getting Your Results

Hi everyone, if you have already got your results and been accepted then congratulations and good on you. For those still waiting I think it’s just A-Level people at this point I want to give a few ideas of what to expect and how to move forward once you receive your grades,

Waiting for results day can be an annoying time, you google what’s going to happen, you talk with people about what they think they will get, you imagine how you will feel if you do well and also if you don’t do so well. Basically you might overthink it a bit but that’s fine, it’s what almost every student does. The important thing is to be ready for any outcome and this is best done by researching other options before the day in case you do worse or even better than expected.

You might have settled for your insurance and just been accepted for your firm, now what? If you research both your university choices well before the day you will know exactly what your choosing between rather than having to look up things like ‘what kind of accommodation is available’? Alternatively you may not get the grades you wanted and now you don’t know what to do. Take it from someone who messed up their AS levels big time, it is not the end of the world! There are other options available to you, maybe your insurance choice uni will end up being brilliant, or this might be the wake up call you need to change what or where your studying. For me after not doing well in my A levels, I realised straight away going that route was never going to be the way forward for me, so I took the plunge and dropped out from school and went to my local college instead to do a BTEC in ‘Creative Media Production’ and those two years turned out to be two of the best, I got into Edge Hill with more practical skills I could apply to my degree and even a high achievers scholarship to boot.

Personal life story aside, results day is an important day but it’s also not judgement day either, just try to take it in your stride and know that whatever results you achieve there’s always options available to you.

Jordan

Three things you’ll hear about University that just won’t be true – The rumours about Edge Hill


You’ll hear a lot of things about University, your parents and your friends will probably tell you what they think University will be like, never actually going themselves. I’ve heard so many of these assumptions and after spending two years at University there are some that are true and some that are so far off you would think they have come from a different planet. So here are my top three lies you will be told about University.


Everyone drinks and parties all the time

Infact, no, not everyone drinks. There are loads who just don’t. The only reason that people say that University is one big party is because there are some good parties there. But honestly, there are as many people who need to be up the next morning alongside the people who are listening to some music in the kitchen and having a few drinks. So don’t go into it believing this lie.


You can skip classes whenever you want

This one really isn’t true. Not only can you not skip classes because you wont pass the course but the tutors and department heads do actually check your attendance. Remember you are paying a lot to take your course so make the most of it and dont treat your classes like they are free.


You’ll be skint all the time

If you spend all your money on a Monday, and spend £200 on a night out then no matter who you are you will be skint all the time! Managing your money is hard and you will need some practice to get the hang of it. If you live within your means you wont be broke and you can actually have a pretty alright life style.


Thats all for this blog, thanks for taking the time to read it.

If you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Self Care at University

Hey everyone and congratulations on being accepted into Edge Hill University! As you are preparing to make the move into university life and taking in all the new experiences that come with this, it is important to take the time to look after yourself and remember that self-care is just as important as bonding with friends and keeping up with the work-load. I have made the mistake of putting things before myself when I really should have been taking better care of me. I hope these tips on self-care help!


Connect With Nature 

It is no secret to anyone that knows me that I LOVE walking. Any chance I get to go outside and walk around with my Podcast playing in my ears, I will take it. When I am in the middle of writing an assignment or have had a stressful day, my first thought is to walk it out. I find that when I come back from a walk whether it be 10 minutes or an hour, I feel so much more relaxed and as if a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. There are some really nice places to walk around the Edge Hill Campus, one of my favourites is Ruff Woods!

Social Media Break

I am sure you have heard this all before but, taking a step away from social media really can do wonders for clearing your mind. Taking an hour or two out of your day to just leave your phone down, log off of your social media sites or just put it on silent will do you more good than harm. I find that when I am on my phone for too long I get a little bit irritated and somewhat upset if I am seeing pictures of home. Why not take this social media break as a chance to hang out and bond with your flat mates? Or maybe go for a walk?

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Do something that you really love 

Sometimes when we are getting caught up in university work, studying or doing assignments, we can lose track of what we really love doing and what makes us happy and therefore making us unhappy. When I feel like I need a break from university work life or in need of some me time, I love taking pictures and playing around with photography. It is something completely different from the course I am doing and works wonders for taking my mind off of my worries. I then can go back to work with a fresh outlook and work ethic!


These are just a few things I like to do when I practice self-care. Everyone has their different ways of doing this and that is totally fine! Just remember that it is okay to treat yourself and look after you before anything else.

Thank you for reading, Lauren x

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”

-Lalah Delia-

University Skills for real world jobs

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University teaches you alot of things, every year you spend you will figure out some of the adult stuff that you might be worried about. That’s great, and even better is the fact that most of these skills and things that start to make sense to you are almost directly transferable to any job that you might get in the real world. Today I want to talk about three things that I have learned that is helping me in my current career.

1. Organization

I am terrible at keeping organized. Chaos is more my style. However with upwards of 5 projects for University work going at any one time its important that I am organized and efficient in my work. For this reason I became more organized and working in the real world this has helped me out no end. There is a direct correlation between being organized and being efficient and working better means getting paid better.

2. Work Ethic

Working can be fun, but it can also be hard. University taught me that working hard pays off in the end and that work ethic is the best way to get anywhere in life. This skill works in all aspects of life and the reminder of the reward from university for my hard work pushes me forward when dealing with seemingly impossible tasks in my own job.

3. Professionalism

The last skill that I have transferred from my University life to real life is professionalism. Working in teams at University and dealing with new people, interviews and presentations has taught me how to become professional and always keep a level head. Getting worked up over something out of my control is a bad idea and im glad to have this skill.


That’s all for this blog, but there will be another in a few days with more interesting facts from Edge Hill University.

If you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Is University Worth the Debt?

One of the many comments made about University is about the debt students come away with once they’ve completed the degree. On top of the actual amount itself, you also have interest and that could calculate to £60,000. However, this amount of money shouldn’t scare you or put you off of going to University, especially if it’s something you’ve wanted to do. Here are a few reasons why University is worth the debt!

 Make friends for life

You’ve probably heard this one before, but honestly, it true. I know so many people that have come away from University, and they still keep in contact with the friends they made at University. I think it’s because you go through so much together such as: moving into a house, going on nights out etc.

Employment

Once you’ve got a degree out of University, you are more likely to be accepted for a job – sometimes it doesn’t even matter which subject your degree is (this doesn’t always happen). If you want to find out more about the statistics with the University you’re going to, look at the degree subject you’re wanting to study on the Uni website itself, or UniStats.

Career Opportunities

Work experience is a massive part of university life. You’ll get opportunities coming to you left, right and centre – yes you will probably need to apply for it by putting in an application, but it’s what it will be like in the future. I would recommend trying to go for as many opportunities you can as you never know if going for one could lead you to another.

Life Skills

You will gain so many life skills, many of which will be transferable throughout your days at University. Whether it’s getting better at presentations, or writing, these skills are always going to valuable to you, and will make you a stronger candidate for jobs going forward.

I hope this has helped if you’re still a bit undecided about University. Student Debt should always be considered, but it shouldn’t stop you from going to University, especially if that’s what you really want to do.

Ellis x

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